Presentation on ancient rock art styles of the Sierra Nevada set for Friday |

Presentation on ancient rock art styles of the Sierra Nevada set for Friday

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4,000 year old Nisenan petroglyphs at Maidu Park in Roseville.
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On Friday, Nolan Smith will give a digital slide presentation focusing on ancient Native American rock art styles in our region, according to a release.

The free public event, which is sponsored by Friends of Sierra Rock Art, takes place at Nevada City’s Madelyn Helling library at 7 p.m. During the evening, slides from a number of sites in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento and other counties will be shared.

Native Americans in the northern Sierra Nevada made petroglyphs (pecked images on rock) over thousands of years. The images vary over time and location. Rock art styles include abstract designs, geometric lines, figures and dots. The presentation will consider two different regional styles and what we can learn from them.

Smith worked as the District Archaeologist on the American River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. He recently retired after 40 years of service to the forest. He has degrees in Anthropology and History and has given many presentations during his career.

Friends of Sierra Rock Art was founded in 1990. It works with the Tahoe National Forest, other agencies, and Native Americans to protect regional petroglyphs. Friends of Sierra Rock Art is the first nonprofessional organization to have received the Society for California Archaeology’s prestigious Helen C. Smith award for contributions to California archaeology.

For more information, contact Bill Drake at (530) 265-2084. FSRA’s website is

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